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thanks for watching. the news continues from doha. >> announcer: this is al jazeera. ♪ hello and welcome to the news hour. here is what is coming up in this the next 60 minutes. france calls on the e.u. to help in the fight against isil. russia says the plane that crashed in the sinai in egypt was brought down by a bomb. and we meet the patient who
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has undergone the world's most extensive face transplant. hello france has officially called for e.u. aid and assistance after friday's attacks in paris. it is asking its partners for military help and financial support in the middle east. john kerry says a ceasefire in syria is possible, but that coalition air strikes would continue. the u.s. has pledged to back france in combatting the group. france has already intensified its air strikes against isil targets. jonah hull has more. >> reporter: a strategy of vengeance and france hopes is beginning to take shape. john kerry met with president
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hollande to discuss a coalition against daesh. >> we have to step up our efforts to hit them at the core where they are planning these things, and also to do more on borders and in terms of the movement of people, but the level of cooperation could not be higher. we have agreed, even to exchange more information and i'm convinced that over the course of the next weeks, daesh will feel even greater pressure. they are feeling it today, they felt it yesterday, they felt it in the past weeks. we have gained more territory. >> reporter: overnight french war planes carried out a second of bombings hitting isil without mercy as the president promised, but the french will know there is little common ground in this deadly drama. heavily stretched from north
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africa to the middle east and now also at home, france called on its neighbors for help, invoking for the first time the e.u.'s mutual assistance clause. >> translator: it's a political act first and foremost and it's the very first time it has been used. i feel that's an important point to make. taking part in france's operations in syria and iraq or by easing the load and providing support in other operations, so lightning our load elsewhere. what i have said to my colleagues that france can't do everything. >> police in central paris have discovered a third car believed to have been used in friday's attacks. almost 300 separate raids have been carried out from the north to the south seizing weapons and making arrests. meanwhile life in the french
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capitol is being revived. the eiffel tower dark over the weekend defiantly lit in the nation's colors. >> we break out of the report to take you live to paris that is the french president is speaking. let's listen in. >> translator: it was also the same trust which, once small, you wanted to express the strength -- you express for france and its values. what they wanted to attack was the idea of france's values. it's youth. its vitality. it's culture. it's art of living. by targeting cafes.
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leisure centers, stadium, the jihadist terrorists wanted to strike society, your society where one can meet, exchange, communicate, laugh, celebrate. they -- these assassins so cowardly -- they wanted to target the cohesion so precious that represents all ages, all social classes, all religions. they also thought by attacking a cambodianing restaurant, an american rock concert, an international football match, locations frequented by people of different nationalities, 19 different nationalities amongst the victims of the drama on
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friday night. they wanted -- they thought they would weaken the french passion to welcome the whole world, the proud -- we have in exchanging with all cultures. they have already lost, and today by standing up right, faced with terror, we want to mark our attachment, indisinstructable attachment to freedom. everything that is opposite to fundamentalism, fanaticism. it is always the fundamentalists that burn books, forbid muic, destroy the heritage in memory
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of those before us, and if we are at war, yes, at war against jihadist terrorism, we're not in a war between civilizations, because the assassins do not show any mark of civilization. our response must be merciless internally and externally. it is targeted against the leaders. we know where they are in syria, and their accomplices including in france. and let us not fight against terrorism by hiding, by taking a back seat, by suspending stopping cultural economic life, by prohibiting, forbidding concerts, sporting events. no, we shall not give into
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terrorism by stopping our way of life. that is why after the emotion and the mourning, france with the same dignity will know how to face up to events by remaining itself, and paris will continue the city of museums, theaters, and cinemas, because culture will always be in france because life shows very much alive in france, and because cinemas will continue to welcome a large public, all museums will always be open to show visitors the marvels that exist in our history. france is an open country, and will continue to be so, open to all forms of the arts, all
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music, all creations. france's youth, that that has been injured in this night of friday and saturday will be more ardent to defend its freedom, and can i find a better place to stand fast than this place of unesco, an institution which was the result of the desire to unite humanity through education and culture, and which has chosen paris as its headquarters. yes, unesco is the moral awareness, consciousness of humanity.
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the diversity of its culture, a diversity based on the idea that culture united men, links them to their territory, a diversity anchored in the recognition of the equal dignity of cultures. each -- each people has a particular message to give to the world, a diversity which refuses the uniformity and promotes through multi-disciplines and beliefs diversity that makes education the lever for emancipation, that is why celebrating this anniversary is so important. by underlining the cultural links that carry values, this
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convention confirms the right of countries and not to turn it into just a trade. and that is the reason why france has always refused that audio visual services be included in the trans-atlantic partnership between europe and the united states, and i assure you that this vigilance will continue throughout the process, this battle of diversity and cultur cultural ak exception, we need to follow it up while the digital economy linked to men, and once again, france will defend the application of technological progress and request that the 2015 convention
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applies to the digital revolution to protect the rights of authors and creators. but if i have come before you also, it's also to defend legacy and heritage of men, that we have something in common that we have inherited from history. unesco has created -- it was in 1972 -- the world heritage list of a thousand sites that will classified, of which 41 are in france and i'm proud of it. i know that targets for those that want to annihilate the memory of peoples, the buddha, or palmyra, it's always the
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same -- the same attempt by -- >> french president france saw with hollande saying we shall not give into terrorism. he is speaking from the unesco headquarters over in paris. jacky rowland joining us as well from paris, listening in to what francois hollande has been saying, jackie, what is the take-away message from this closing speech? >> reporter: well this is a speech that was scheduled anyway, because it is the unesco event. but a speak that has been somewhat reworked because it would have been rewritten before the events of friday night. so really francois hollande celebrating and defending the french way of life, saying it was specifically these things that were being attacked on friday, and saying the french won't be changing their way of life, and they are very proud of
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their culture. but in terms of advancing the investigation and advancing the efforts for international cooperation and the fight against isil, the more significant announcement of the last half hour has been that francois hollande has mentioned he was going to talk to president putin and obama, he will be going to washington on tuesday, and moscow on thursday. so following through on his intention on trying to join together the dots on the response to the situation in syria. >> jackie thank you. britt -- britain's prime minister said a full spectrum was needed to deal with isil. >> this requires a strong
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security response, that means continuing our efforts to degrade and destroy isil in syria and iraq, and working with our allies to strike against those who pose a direct threat to the safety of british people around the world. >> john kerry says the u.s. along with turkey will shut the entire border with northern syria in the fight against isil. bernard smith joining us from istanbul with a somebody more about this announcement made by john kerry. >> reporter: well, dareen, turkey is always moret sent to talk about military matters than the americas, so they are not giving us a great deal. we have confirmation just that there will be new steps and they are intent on dealing with the
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u.s. the border is 100 kilometers or so west of the euphrates. it is perhaps the weak link along turkey's border. it was once -- much of the border was pretty easy to get back and forth. turkey came under enormous pressure to strength it. and it has closed already the border. it is very hard to freely cross into turkey, but of course, if you are determined, you can be smuggled across. but that border is made up of a fixture of concrete blast walls, trenching, as well as military patrol. so that is already going on, but we understand from what john kerry has been saying is there is going to be more to strength that particular weak link. >> and bernard, turkey itself has been the target of isil
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attacks in the past, so what is it hoping that this is going to achieve, this closing of that area of the border. >> it's sorry. it is a bad line. i missed that question. >> just asking what turkey is hoping to achieve with this closing of the border area. >> reporter: well, i think the ambition is to make it much, much harder for people to cross. turkey has been criticized before of turning a blind eye to many of the thousands of foreign fighters who have crossed, we know into syria, turkey has always defended its actions and said it has done a lot to patrol that area, but because of what happened in paris and always because of isil attacks in turkey and in north africa, there is more pressure on to try to clamp down on people coming
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and going across this border and stopping them from getting to europe. in that is certainly something that will be coming from europe. >> thank you. the defense ministry has announced it will send another 25 long-range planes to help conduct more attacks. more 2,000 bombing raids have been carried out in aleppo and idlib. vladimir putin has also ordered the navy to develop a joint plan with the french to work closer with allies. coming up the philippines clears the way for an economic summit. but many say the government is just trying to cover up its failures. and we'll tell you how smart cities are making lives more efficient. and the heat is on argentina as they try to qualify for the world cup. all of the details coming up in
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sports. ♪ first, though, russian investigators say a terrorist bomb caused last month's plane crash in egypt. vladimir putin has vowed toing find those responsible. from moscow, rory challands reports. >> reporter: this was a carefully prepared television event. recorded the day before its broadcast on russian tv. vladimir putin was briefed by security service chief, russia's foreign and defense ministers listened attentively. >> translator: according to analysis, a homemade bomb detonated during the flight, clausing the plane to break up in midair. we can unequivocally say it was a terrorist act. >> reporter: then the men rose
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for a moment of silence before putin delivered a prepared address. >> translator: we should not apply any time limits. we will find them in any spot on the planet and punish them. >> reporter: isil's early claim that it killed the 224 people inside this plane was initially scorned. a technical fault was considered more likely, but more and more countries started to doubt the malfunction theory. the u.k. suspended flights to sigh any. the u.s. said it was pretty much certain that the plane was brought down by a bomb, but although russia too suspended flights to egypt giving every impression that it was working to the same assumption, it still publicly insisted that there might be other explanations. no longer. following the attacks on paris over the weekend, the french
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president is now calling for the very thing vladimir putin has been requesting for some time. a grand coalition to take on isil. on syria at least, geopolitical stars are starting to align. >> i think he has the tune to improve russia's international standing here. he has already got himself a seat at the table over the future of syria, by going into syria, but he was regarded prior -- certainly prior to the downing of the jet, the airliner in sinai, as something as a pariah, because of the what he was doing in syria. >> reporter: of course this means domestic matters need addressing too. the russian interior ministry has announced it will strength security in public places, the very sites that have recently proven so vulnerable. >> and we'll bring in rory challands now from moscow.
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speak to u.s. -- us first about the timing of this announcement. >> yes, curious, isn't it? because as i said in my report there, there are indications at least that russia has suspected strongly that this was a bomb for quite sometime, certainly the suspension of flighting to egypt leads one to assume that. so why now? well, there are people, such as the former prime minister and foreign minister of sweden who think that russia has been sitting on this information waiting for the right time. and the right time seems to be this moment when you have the french president calling for a grand coalition, russia saying well, we have been saying that for quite sometime. now it looks as if there is a meeting between russia and some states in the west, most likely france, that can bring the two
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different sides together over syria, and -- and at least allow some kind of coordinated response, a response that hasn't really been there for as long as this syria operation has been going on for. >> when putin talks about retribution, rory, what does he mean exactly? and domestically within russia how much support would he have for any sort of retribution? >> well, that's one of the things that might be factoring into the timing for this. now that we have a -- an outrage committed in france, and now we have the russians willing to admit an outrage committed against them in this plane, there is more likelihood that the russian population can fully swing behind the kremlin and approve the kind of strikes against syria that has been going on since september.
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so those strikes in the last few hours have been doubled, we have been told by the defense ministry. in the hours after that broadcast was tran mitted vladimir putin at -- appeared at the military command center. we were told that 34 cruise missiles have been lunched, strike aircraft, helicopters too, 140 different targets have been struck. most of those, we are being told at least are isil, but some belonging to other groups as well. >> okay. rory, thank you for that update from moscow. now israel has banned the islamic movement party, accusing it of inciting violence. police searched more than a dozen of the group's offices
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around the country. >> reporter: the decision was taken by the security cabinet about two weeks ago but was only made public on monday evening. the overnight raids targeted 17 offices, all premises of ngo's related to the islamic movement in several towns across israel. computers and documents were confiscated and funds were frozen. according to the israelis, the movement has been using insightful speech. one of its slogans says al aqsa is in danger, and that has caused a lot of unrest among the palestinians. many now say that israel wants to change the status quo around the al aqsa mosque compound, something that the israeli prime minister benjamin netenyahu has denied several times. the leader of the movement has been taken in for interrogation.
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he has been released. he remains defiant, and he says that he will continue to lead this movement. yemen's exiled president has returned home from saudi arabia. he visited the port of aden. it is his second visit to the city since they went to war in march. yemeni forces have launched an offensive to retake ta'izz from houthi rebels. the editor and chief of the yemen post says the president's visit is a boost to the troops on the ground. >> it's very, very powerful for him to come at this time right now. and he is not just coming to aden, him coming here is a sign that he is willing and seriously planning to help the uprising in ta'izz, and that's what his aids have informed us, that his goal is to help and aid all of the
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uprising that is happening against the houthis in the different areas of the country. the houthis right now are in anger, because they did not want him to be part of the political scene of yemen's future, and here he is now back in yemen. the houthis are in control of only four provinces, whereas just months ago they were in control of the entire country. so they have been weakened to the extent that they could give up fighting. yemen's solution cannot be solved only politically. and that's why there are on going talks going on, and they have quite positive right now, and most likely in a couple of weeks maximum this will come to aen, and the political solution will start being implemented.
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world powers are launching attacks against isil following the attacks in paris. we'll speak to a man who was held hostage by the group. and we meet the patient who has undergone the world's most extensive face transplant. and farah will have all of the details in sport. ♪
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he sought refuge in riyadh in march. it is the second time he has returned to the port city of aden. let's return to our top story. let's speak to a french journalist, who was also held hostage by isil in syria for ten months. he joins us from paris. nicklas, good to have you with us on the news hour. in an op-ed you write that i was held hostage by isil, that is the title. they fear our unity more than our air strikes. can you explain that. >> i'm not sure that i understood the question, because there was a bit of technical issue. >> you see that isil fears our unity more than our air strikes. >> yes, exactly. this is actually the headline of
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the op-ed that i have written in the guardian yesterday. isis by striking us on the french soil wanted nothing than to provoke an escalation and as a result, i mean, it's obvious that what it was looking was not france to withdraw from the coalition striking it in syria, but it wanted to cause further escalation in the military involvement of france and what it was willing was just what president hollande is giving to it, that is more air strikes. because it is interested in air strikes, because this military intervention confirmed its -- its propaganda. >> so how would you suggest -- right, nicklas, but what -- how would you suggest
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that not only the french government but the rest of the coalition fighting isil go about it? if you say that the strikes are wrong? >> well, the -- these air strikes are actually helping isis propaganda. because they allow it to tell to the syria population, especially the population in raqqa that is being trapped in the city; that is being pounded by air forces of -- from several -- from so many countries, it's confirming its propaganda, and it's message, saying we are the only strong body capable to protect you, because the rest of the world is against you, but we are here. we can protect you. because we are powerful. and this is a confirmation of a message that it is sending.
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>> you spent ten months in captivity under isil, as you were saying. why would france be attacked in this way and france in particular? and the second thing is do you think that coalition countries have underestimated the strength and capabilities of isil? >> well, the -- i -- i -- sorry, i did not hear your question. it did it hear it properly. the sound is really poor. >> why do you think france was attacked in the way that it was by isil? >> well, france was targeted probably because it has been spotted as a vulnerable country by itself attackers. france is obviously having a courageous position because it is in the west one of the countries that oppose the more firmly, the assad regime that
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is -- and we shall not forget that the origin of isis, and on the other side it is doing some military force to -- to counter isis, and i think because of this very courageous position, it has been especially targeted. >> okay. nicklas we thank you for joining us on al jazeera. now following the paris attacks french government leaders say muslim religious leaders who preach radical views will be expelled and their mosques shut down. muslims living in a small french town say they have always been under scrutiny, now they fear it will only get worse. >> reporter: a mournful gathering meant to showcase unity, but even this small crowd had difficulty truly bridging their differences.
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>> translator: not all muslims are terrorists, only a small group are fundamentalists. they want power. they want to flood the planet. but i do have a problem with migrants, they are like a trojan horse. >> reporter: at the remembrance ceremony, attendee's were somber. many muslims in the crowd had been worried about worsening attitudes towards them. now they say they are as scared as they are sad. >> translator: every time someone looks at me in the street i feel they think we are at fault. but we have nothing to do with what happened in many paris. we are heart broken for those living this tragedy. >> reporter: this 25 year old tells me islamaphobia really began setting in last year. once it was discovered that several young muslim men from
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here hadn't just been radicalized, they had also gone to wage war in syria. >> translator: there are many young people from my generation who joined up to fight with terrorists. we don't understand why they did that, and we don't want to be associated with them. we are above all else, french. >> reporter: towns folk are still trying to comprehend how this could have become a possible breeding ground for radicalization. but the growing confusion doesn't diminish the rising anger. with the french government stated aim of dissolving radical mosques, houses of worship like this one, which had been under investigation even before the carly hebdo attacks will certainly come under more scrutiny. six men who died fighting in
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syria had attended this mosque. now another four worshippers have been instructed by police not to leave the area and report to the police station several times a day. it's why so many of the faithful continue to pray for guidance, even though mosque officials are at a loss on how to proceed. >> translator: i am concerned about how to follow our religion here. it's not important who wins election, the right or the left. we are all french. >> reporter: but many muslims here wonder if that one commonality will ultimately continue to be enough to get them all through this. mohammed jamjoom, al jazeera, france. asia protesters have denounced the arrival of barack obama at the aipac summit in the philippines. he landed in manila.
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they accuse governments of favors multinational companies. the united states is hoping they will get more support for a multinational trade agreement. the tussle over territory in the south china sea is expected to overshadow the summit. china has warned the potential war after u.s. warships sailed close to the island constructed by chinese engineers. >> reporter: manila's notoriously chaotic streets are being cleared for the aipac summit. 20,000 of the capitol's homeless people have been temporarily moved. philippine officials say it's to ease traffic and ensure the safety of more than 7,000 delegates.
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but many feel the city's shutdown is hypocritical. this person has worked hard not to be sidelined. she runs a women-lead business selling sustainable fair trade products. small companies like hers make up 98% of businesses in asia. only a third are owned by women. she says excluding women means aipac economies are losing out on billions of dollars in potential growth. >> $89 billion is untrapped because of the lack of women participation. but we want the leaders to say yes, we are going to include this in our agenda to lessen the gender gap and give women more access to financing. >> reporter: but analysts say it is not what is on the agenda that needs watching. expected to set the tone is the
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underlying rivalry over the u.s. and china. the u.s. and china lead separate trade initiatives for the asia pacific region. but apac's 21-member economies agree to work together despite the political differences, and there are many. china's cointre cointreau -- controversial construction of islands in the south china sea. $5.3 trillion u.s. dollars in trade sales through these waters every year. >> the romans used to say money has no odor. when you are talking about gaining wealth, and making wealth for your citizens, sometimes you can leave the political differences aside and focus on that.
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>> reporter: a pac leaders are expected to smile and put aside their differences. members of kosovo's opposition party have fired tear gas and pepper spray inside parliament. the tear gas was used against mp's of the ruling party. the opposition wants to scrap an e.u. brokered deal to increase ties with serbia, an old rival. mp's in rwanda have given the president the go ahead to run for a third term. a national referendum will be held for the final decision which could mean he remains in power until at least 2024. he is the latest ruler in this africa to attempt to extend his
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time in office. government leaders in southern india are being accused of not being prepared for wide-spread flooding. train services have been suspended and streets and homes are flooded. the army and air force are rescuing stranded people. australia strengthen its push to qualify for the world cup. details with farah in sport in just a moment. ♪
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♪ doctors have declared the
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world's most extensive face transplant a success. 150 medical staff were involved in the life-changing operation in new york. alexi oh brain reports. >> reporter: when this man set off for the hospital in august, he took a courageous step into the unknown. >> i'm working hard every day trying to get this transplant done. >> reporter: he was seriously burned while working was a volunteer firefighter. 14 years and more than 70 operations later, it was time for the big one. but as doctors have proclaimed it is the most comprehensive face transplant in history. his medical team in new york had been practicing for more than a year. they waited for just the right donor to come along, with his fair skin and hair, a 26 year old who died in a cycling accident in july.
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150 medical staff worked for 26 hours on this complex, delicate surgery. they flipped the skin at the back of the donor's head, cutting key pieces of bone then draped it precisely over his face. it was a difficult operation. one they couldn't be sure he would survive. >> it includes the transplant of the eyelids, the ability to ensure that we transplant the eyelids in their entirety so he can blink. >> reporter: it's a major change one that can be a mixed blessing. the first person that underthe surgery saz she struggled when she looked into the mirror and saw someone else looking back.
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there will be more operations, but after three months in hospital, the doctors say he is making remarkable progress, and planning a reunion with his family. >> reporter: he says the doctors haven't just given him a new face. he now has a new life. farah is here with an update on the sports news. >> dareen thank you so much. two of south america's topsides face off later, argentina take on columbia. the aragain tennians are second from the bottom of the 10-team group. lion lionel is still out. >> translator: being in this
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situation is pretty uncomfortable. the only positive result is winning. >> there is a huge match in [ inaudible ] south american champions chile will be facing uruguay. they are just one point ahead of their opponents. >> translator: we know we are going to play against a team with a lot of emotional strength. >> there are also world cup qualifiers going on in asia. tim cahill scored a hat trick for the asian champion. they went on to win-4-0. the aussies now have 15 points. japan secured points with a 2-0 win over cambodia. syria beat singapore 2-1.
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qatar have made it six wins out of six. qatar hammered their opponent, 15-0 in september. this time the beating wasn't so severe. qatar's top group [ inaudible ]. belgium's friendly with brussels has been canceled over security concerns following the attacks in france. france's match is going ahead with their match against england. a suicide bomber struck outside of their national stadium. one of the players cost a cousin in the attacks. the french captain says he hopes something positive can come out of tuesday's game. >> and of course there will be a lot of emotion from -- from us, from players, but as i say, we
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are in england, and we know that english people are very respectful, and -- and obviously it will be a great moment of solidarity. >> i really can't imagine how this game is going to go, and what sort of football is going to be played. i have never played a game four days after a tragedy of this immense proportion, but the game is to go ahead, and we will prepare and try to play the best game we can play, but iing can't deny there are other issues at stake here. australia fast baller mitchell johnson has retired from cricket. the 34 year old took two wickets on his final way in perth. he is a -- australia's fourth
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highest wicket taker. the chicago bulls held on for a tight win against the indiana pacers on monday. their gross top scorer for the bull with 23 points before a sprained angle ended his night early. paul george bagged 26 points, and was denied at the end by jimmy butler. chicago winning it by 106-95. that's all of your sport for now. >> thank you. cities around the world are spending billions of dollars on smart technology. but there is concern over who will own the systems and the
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data they produce. >> reporter: it may look like a normal enough fountain, but inside this barcelona landmark, sensors monitor and feedback continuous water quality data. a nearby rubbish bin sends out an alert when it is full. these help those at the city's central control room manage the demands and dangers of urban life. >> translator: the system has advantages because it allows us to bring together the data from many different sin ors in a way that lets us make decisions. >> reporter: data comes also from the city's people, more than 45,000 incidents were reported through a smartphone app which allows citizens to locate and send photos of problems. it is estimated cities around the world will invest around
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$100 billion in smart technology over the next four years, potential profits for large technology companies. advocates of smart cities, and there are many of them here, say the technology can save cities money, make their services more efficient and more transparent, but with so many large technology companies eager to be involved, there are concerns over who will control these systems, and who owns the vast amount of data that they generate. the systems use encryption, but there are no industry-wide security standards. >> the system is only as secure as people operating it. i can switch on lights in a town right here in spain. i think we do need some sort of central standards before managing this city services. >> reporter: there are also privacy concerns and a lack of clear standards with each city deciding for itself how private
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data can be used and shared. >> we need to create some kind of standard for security, and making it more trusting for the people and the cities. >> reporter: building and maintaining the trust of a city's population is a vital part of any system. without it the technology is unlikely to realize its full potential to enhance the lives of billions of people. one of india's best-loved actors has died. he found fame in films such as gandhi, the man who would be king. he passed away after suffering a brain hemorrhage in london. our correspondent looks back at the 86-year-old actors colorful career. >> reporter: the global star status rose when in 1975, he was
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given a humble chair with his name on it. >> high mountains, sit on thrown -- >> reporter: he was starring alongside michael cane and sean connery at the time. in the man who could be king. cane and connery got their own personal chairs on set. jafry got a stool. cane was furious and demanded jafry be given a chair as well. jafry was born the son of a doctor. he was already an established stage and actor when hollywood beckoned. in 1977 he starred in the chess players. his performance as a chess-obsessed tycoon made a prize at india's film awards. that lead to other hits. >> he has his father's intellect
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his mother's good looks -- >> reporter: he was cast in the 1982 oscar-winning gandy. he became a huge hit in the u.k. with roles in dramas including jewel in the crown and far pavilions, as well as soap operas which went on to be sold around the world. jafry won several awards as well. jafry's personal life was complex. he was married twice, though he admitted having extramarital affairs. but professionally he is regarded as having opened up the world stage to indeeian actors. thanks for watching the news hour. that's it for our team, but we hand you over to london. david foster with you in just a
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